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18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Roasted Garlic Potato and Turnip Mash Author: Irene Fong and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

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18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

White foods have gotten a bad rap over the years – think white sugar and white flour – but they're not all bad! Here are some of our fave healthful white foods.

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18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Scallops!

The sharp, sweet licorice flavour of fennel is ideal for punching up this speedy scallop and haddock soup. To cut down on the cook time, slice the parsnip as thinly as you can.

Read more: Seafood and Fennel Soup
By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Rice noodles!

A bright, citrusy sauce and tender veggies make this salmon and noodle salad a fresh-tasting dinner option. Marmalade or jam with minimal added sugar works best for this dish, so look for a spread sweetened with fruit juice only.

Read more: Orange Soy Salmon and Rice Noodle Salad
By: Anne-Marie White and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Rutabaga!

Kohlrabi looks a little like an alien's head, but its raw radish–cabbage flavour is lovely in salads. Didn't know you could eat rutabaga raw too? You bet! The dressing is equally tasty over julienned celery root or broccoli stems, or shredded Brussels sprouts.

Read more: Kohlrabi and Rutabaga Slaw
By: Rheanna Kish and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Daikon!

This Korean-inspired rice salad features quick-pickled daikon, a sweet and crisp Asian radish. Hot red peppers vary in heat level, so make sure to taste a little piece so you can decide how spicy you want your salad.

Read more: Rice Salad With Pickled Carrot and Daikon
By: Jennifer Bartoli and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Tofu!

This bold dressing—which is also great on chicken, halibut or tilapia—gives tofu a burst of flavour that's enhanced on the grill. For a milder flavour, omit the jalapeño.

Read more: Cilantro-Jalapeño Grilled Tofu Salad
By: Leah Kuhne and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Jicama!

Who says fall side dishes have to be full of roasted vegetables? This crisp salad looks unconventional, but trust us: It's a crowd-pleaser! Our Test Kitchen and other Canadian Living staffers gobbled it up in record time during testing.

Read more: Jicama Salad With Avocado Purée
By: Joanne Lusted and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Joe Kim

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Celery root!

For this stunning salad, use the thinnest setting on your mandoline to shave crisp root vegetables into delicate medallions. Miso paste is generally used to flavour soups, but here it acts as a savoury base for the simple Japanese-inspired dressing.

Read more: Shaved Beet and Celery Root Salad With Miso Dressing
By: Jennifer Bartoli and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jodi Pudge

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Turnips!

Slightly sweet and peppery turnips hold their own in this extra-creamy mash, adding a welcome hit of flavour to the classic comforting side. Make it ahead and simply pop the dish in the oven to reheat before your meal.

Read more: Roasted Garlic Potato and Turnip Mash
By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Endives!

Endive spears are a sturdy base for this tasty filling and add a pleasant bitterness to the mix.

Read more: Belgian Endive Spears With Curried Chicken Salad
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Ryan Szulc

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

White beans!

These tasty little bean cakes are a breeze to make - especially when you use the food processor. Serve them with a side salad or coleslaw with a light vinaigrette to complete the meal.

Read more: Jalapeño Bean Cakes With Lime Mayo
By: Amanda Barnier and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Joe Kim

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Parnsips!

Don't limit sweet chestnuts to the festive season. They add a delicious accent to a quick weeknight meal any time of year. You can find ready-to-use peeled chestnuts in vacuum-sealed packages in the grocery store, which help save on prep time. Serve with crusty bread.

Read more: Chestnut and Parsnip Soup With Crispy Sage
By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Fennel!

This simple but absolutely delicious salad makes great use of freshly shelled peas and baby spinach. Feel free to substitute whatever baby greens appear in your CSA box for the spinach. Out of season, use frozen peas in place of the fresh and cook until tender-crisp.

Read more: Pea, Fennel and Goat Cheese Salad
By: Rheanna Kish and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Onions!

This sweet-and-sour side is a convenient recipe when feeding a large crowd because so much of it can be prepared in advance. The onions become delicate after you peel off their skins, so stir and shake the pan very gently until they're softened and golden. If you can't find cipollini onions, substitute with halved pearl onions.

Read more: Honey-Lime Carrots with Cipollini Onions
By: Irene Fong and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Steve Krug

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Turkey!

Bold Asian flavours and thick, chewy udon noodles turn each bowl of this quick turkey soup into a meal that's as exciting as it is comforting. For a spicy kick, add a few dashes of sriracha.

Read more: Asian-Style Turkey and Cabbage Noodle Soup
By: Jennifer Bartoli and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Coconut!

This aromatic Thai-inspired soup is the perfect comfort food to warm up a cold winter evening. Top with finely sliced red chilies for a little extra kick, if desired. You can also swap the rice with noodles, or serve it without a starch, as a brothy starter soup.

Read more: Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup
By: Jennifer Bartoli and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Ryan Brook

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Lychee!

Refreshing and not too sweet, this mix of lichees and cucumber makes a delightfully unusual drink for a summer evening.

Read more: Gin Chiller
By: Jennifer Bartoli and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Ryan Szulc

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Dragon fruit!

Dragon fruit is a type of cactus fruit that can be found in Asian markets and in your grocery store's exotic fruit section. Covered with magenta skin and dotted with acid-green scales, it's a beautiful sight. Inside, the mild flesh is flecked with tiny black seeds. We used the white variety, but the flesh can also be red. Buy extra fruit and cut it into pretty half-moons to garnish the rims of the glasses.

Read more: Dragon Fruit Martini
By: Tyler Christian Brown and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Jeff Coulson

18 guilt-free white-coloured foods

Greek yogurt!

These sweet-tart pops are a slam dunk with kids. A bit of seedless berry jam (you choose the flavour) adds sweetness and a rich berry colour. If you don't have ice pop moulds handy, use disposable paper cups and wooden sticks; just peel off the cups when you're ready to eat them.

Read more: Berry Greek Yogurt Pops
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Ryan Brook

 

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